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Charge dropped vs. trooper-death suspect's wife

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A charge in Manistee County against the wife of a man accused of fatally shooting a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop has been dropped.

Sarah Knysz was facing a charge of unlawful driving away of a vehicle following the Sept. 9 death of Trooper Paul Butterfield II. WOOD-TV reports the charge was officially dropped Monday.

The move was expected, and she faced other charges in neighboring Mason County.

Knysz was sentenced in December in Mason County to two to five years in prison for helping her husband escape. Eric Knysz faces trial starting next month on a first-degree murder charge. Butterfield was killed during a traffic stop Sept. 9 in Mason County's Sherman Township.

The shooting happened near Ludington, in Mason County. Investigators say Butterfield stopped a vehicle and then was shot in the head.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City during emergency surgery.

Two hours later, police found the two suspects at a gas station in the town of Wellston. When police approached them, Eric Knysz pointed a gun at the officers.

Police shot Eric Knysz, who was taken to a hospital with nonlife threatening injuries. Eric Knysz faces a homicide charge, murder of a police officer and other felonies. His trial is set to begin Feb. 18 in Mason County Circuit Court.

Butterfield is a 1988 graduate of Bridgeport High School and was a 1987 Class A State Cross Country Champion.

Butterfield had been with the MSP for 14 years and worked at the MSP detachment in Hart. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had recently become engaged to be married.

Sarah Knysz has agreed to testify against her husband.

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